Writing Hour Roundup: 2 August 2022

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“The People’s Friend” Writing Hour is held every Tuesday at 11 a.m. on Twitter and it’s always a brilliant time! It’s a time when we can get together with writers for a chat.

Every week we summarise everything that went on for those who missed out.

This week we chatted about characterisation, reading habits and we gave you a writing prompt.

How is everyone this week? Are you starting to feel autumnal? The temperature is certainly dropping.

There are some subtle signs that summer is coming to an end. But generally, it’s still warm if a bit cloudy.

Like most of you, I’m definitely not ready to let go of summer just yet!

Have you ever been on a writing retreat? Did you enjoy it and did you find it improved your writing?

Quite a few of you have been on a writing retreat in some form or another.

It’s great to see that those who have been on one found that the experience helped your writing!

When you’re creating characters for a story, how do you make them realistic and multi-layered?

This was a great discussion with lots of different techniques.

Sometimes they can develop on the page:

Perhaps they have a significant backstory:

Or, maybe you could start with a real person:

Cat Lumb has even written a whole blog post full of her advice:

Do you read every day?

The vast majority of you said yes and the rest said most days. As some of you pointed out, it’s not just novels! Short stories, poetry, articles and non-fiction all count, of course.

Reading is so important when it comes to writing. But, before all of that, it’s just fun and so good for our wellbeing.

So many of you said that it’s part of your bedtime routine, or a way to set you up for the day.

How about a three word story starter? “Map”, “lawyer” and “wedding”.

We always love reading the stories and scenarios you come up with for these.

Here are just a few!

You can invite one author and one poet to dinner. Who would you choose?

Your top three choices for author guests would be Jane Austen, Charles Dickens and Agatha Christie.

When inviting poets to tea, you’d go for Pam Ayres, Sylvia Plath and W B Yeats.

We’ll see you at our next Writing Hour on Twitter — 11 a.m. on Tuesday 9 August, 2022.

Or click here to see our previous roundups.

Abigail Phillips

Abbie is the newest member of the fiction team at the "Friend." She loves how varied the role is - every day is different and there is always a new story to read. She is keen to work closely with established writers and discover new writers, too.